After stealing a ram goat valued at $800 from a Fond Cole man’s yard, Franklyn Frederick sold himself out when he paraded up and down the community trying to find sale for the goat meat which he stacked in a clear plastic bag.
Several eye witnesses saw the defendant walking around with the bag containing goat hooves and ribs.
Franklyn Frederick pleaded guilty to stealing the livestock from Oliver Winston yesterday before Magistrate Ossie Lewis. He was ordered to pay compensation for the cost of the goat by February 15 or face three months prison. He was also fined $3,000 to be paid by June 30, or he will face an additional year in prison.
According to the facts of the case, presented by the police prosecutor, on January 17, 2010 at about 7 p.m. the complainant tied his goat outside his home at Fond Cole. The following morning at 5 a.m. he went out and noticed that it was missing.
“He went about making inquiries, and while at Tarish Pit he walked towards the bus stop where he saw the defendant carrying a plastic bag with what appeared to be goat hooves and ribs,” the prosecutor said.
“He called the defendant and asked him, ‘What’s happening? What’s up?’, the defendant suddenly turned around and started running. The complainant chased him and they both ended up at the bus stop. At that time the defendant had nothing in his hand. The complainant took a picture of the defendant on his cell phone and made a report to the Roseau Police Station,” the prosecutor informed the court.
With the cell phone picture the police were able to arrest the defendant. When questioned at the police station about the said livestock the defendant said, “I don’t know about that.”
In a confrontation with one of the witnesses at the police station Frederick said, “I had nothing in my hand.”
According to the court, the defendant is a repeat offender. He has previous offences of theft, battery and malicious damage.
None of the goat meat was recovered.
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